Sheila Dawn Watson
20 March 1951 - 18 July 2005
Dawn Watson, 54, 5492 N. E00W, died at 1:20 p.m. Monday at home.
was born in Beech Grove to the late Everett Edward and Dorothy Lee
Ellen (Gray) Rider. She was a resident of Marion most of her life. She
married David Lee Watson on Dec. 24, 1985. He survives.
retired from General Cable. She was a genealogist and amateur Grant
County historian and documented the pioneer cemeteries of Grant County.
She was the Grant County coordinator for the US Gen Web and made Grant
County history available to people all over the world. She was an art
and nature lover.
survivors include sons, Michael Duane Kelly, Lafayette, Tenn., Jeffrey
Allen Kelly and Matthew Wade (Barbara) Kelly, both of Marion; brothers,
Richard Edward (Barbara Ann) Rider, Marion, and Bob (Teresa) Poe,
Illinois; sisters, Gloria Jean (Forrest) Drook and Deboral Lynn Peer
Williams, both of Marion; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
also was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Ellen Peer.
are at 1 p.m. Friday in Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North
Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., with Pastor Joel Simmons officiating.
Burial is in Jefferson Cemetery, Upland.
is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences
may be made at www.nswcares.com.
may be made to the genealogy department of the Marion Public Library,
600 S. Washington St., Marion, Ind. 46953.
Sheila's husband, sends us his thoughts:
says, "I still find it hard to sit here at Sheila's computer where she
spent so much of her time doing what she loved to do. I'm not sure what
you need to know about her to place on the INGenWeb Memorial site so
will tell you how she became interested in Grant County history."
mother and father were descendants of early settlers to Grant County
and when they passed away in the 1980s Sheila realized she couldn't
remember the things they had told her that they felt were so important.
This caused her to spend a lot of time in the old Indiana room at the
Marion Public Library where she served as a volunteer. She became
engrossed in the old pioneer cemetery records and found that the DAR's
mimeographed readings were very faded and inaccurate from what she was
finding in the actual cemeteries. She felt she had to correct this so
she spent the better part of twenty years tramping through the
underbrush in every pioneer cemetery in the county. She also became
interested in her own ancestry which took her(us) to many other states.
In about 1996 she discovered the USGenWeb where Betty Sellers was the
CC for Grant County as well as for other counties. After much
persuasion from Betty, Sheila accepted the position of Grant County
coordinator not knowing anything about how to work on the internet.
With a lot of help from Betty, she got it up and running and never
looked back. It and Grant County history became two of the most
important things in her life and she put her heart and soul into it and
shared her knowledge with anyone who needed help.
will be missed by many people but hopefully, her work will still be
available. Hope this is what you need."
Comments: We have lost a gifted historian. We will
all miss her passing.
Al & Patty
Weber-Dolores Riders Daug. & Son In Law
Comments: We are very sorry for your loss. Mom has
always spoken kindly of her.
Name: Forrest & Gloria Jean Drook
Comments: Sheila will be sadly missed by her sister
and family. Remembering the good times we spent together. Her work on
genealogy was her love. A lot of times I would have liked to visit she
would be at the cemetery doing her work for genealogy. I understand
more now, which was her passion to help others find their loved ones.
She helped with our ancestors finding the Foudray family history. She
liked people and was a good listener. She will be missed by all of us
and we love her very much. Love always Jeannie
Richard & Barbara
Comments: Sheila was such a wonderful person and
loving sister to us. She was a joy to have in our lives. She worked
very hard on her genealogy . Many times we went to see her and she was
busy doing her genealogy work. Her life and love for everyone will go
on for many, many years. Her books at the library shows how dedicated
Comments: I am Sheila's husband and I just want to
say that I think this site is a great thing to do for those who have
served with the INGenWeb Project. Sheila will be missed for years to
come and my hope is that all of her work will always be on line for
those who are searching. As she would say, may you find all that you
David Watson, husband of one of the BEST.
Patty - A Wyoming person
She tried to assist
Comments: I am sorry to hear Sheila passed away. I
had barely started researching my Indiana ancestors and I posted an
email and she responded. I was stunned. I didn't realize people doing
geneology were so willing to help. She was the first!!! I can't even
remember what I asked for now. She was right there immediately!! I was
so surprised to see her "Memory Book". I did not know her but I can see
why people will miss her.
Name: From: Donna Skinner
I worked with Sheila for 20 years. Since retirement, I lost touch with
Sheila and didn’t know until recently that she had passed on.
We had some good times together at work and a few times out of work.
She was truly passionate about her work in genealogy. Knowing that she
is not with us any more makes me sad for David and her family, as I
know they have missed her greatly.